Summary of the topics and topic coordinators
Topic A: Functional Materials and Devices Topic
In 9 symposia and 22 session the participants can inform themselves about the topic and the current state of research.
Coordinator: Prof. Michael J. Hoffmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
About the topic: Creating functionality of Materials and Devices is the focus of the topic and its symposia covering recent developments on materials for energy conversion, transportation and storage, catalysts, shape memory alloys, semiconductor nano- and microstructures, as well as ferroelectric and multiferroic materials.
Topic B: Structural Materials
In 11 symposia and 33 sessions the participants can inform themselves about the topic and the current state of research.
Coordinators: Prof. Christoph Leyens, Dresden University of Technology, Germany; Prof. Martin Heilmaier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
About the topic: This topic focuses on the relationships between the structure of materials and their properties and performance. Regardless of the material class whether it’s metallic, ceramic, polymeric or composite, an understanding of the structure-property relationships provides a scientific basis for developing engineering materials for advanced structural applications. Contributions are sought from both, fundamental and applied research in this field responding to the ever-increasing demand for improved and better-characterized materials.
Topic C: Synthesis and Processing
In 6 symposia and 12 sessions the participants can inform themselves about the topic and the current state of research.
Coordinators: Ralf Riedel, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany; Sanjay Mathur, University of Cologne, Germany
About the topic: The emphasis of this topic is the development of new techniques to synthesize materials with a desired microstructure-property relation; to understand the physical phenomena that underpin materials synthesis such as diffusion, nucleation, and phase transitions; and to develop in situ monitoring and diagnostic capabilities. The synthesis of complex thin films, nanoscale materials, composites and coatings are just a part of this comprehensive emphasis.
Topic D: Characterisation
In 5 symposia and 19 sessions the participants can inform themselves about the topic and the current state of research.
Coordinators: Anke R. Kaysser-Pyzalla, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany; Cécile Hébert, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
About the topic: Characterization techniques have been fundamental for many discoveries in materials science. This topic focuses on novel characterization techniques, including all forms of microscopy (light, electron, acoustic, etc.), diffraction and spectroscopy with all sorts of probes such as electrons, ions, photons and neutrons, and techniques accessing the bulk, surfaces and interfaces. Developments in both this wide range of techniques and their application to the quantification of the microstructure of materials are addressed
Topic E: Modelling and Simulation
In 7 symposia and 17 sessions the participants can inform themselves about the topic and the current state of research.
Coordinators: Alexander Hartmaier, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany; Peter Gumbsch, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, IWM, Freiburg, Germany
About the topic: Modelling and Simulation methods play an increasingly important role in academic research as well as in industrial applications. This topic provides a platform for presenting and discussing the current developments in linking processing, microstructure evolution and functional and mechanical properties of materials by various methods, with a special emphasis on scalebridging materials modelling.
Topic F: Biomaterials
In 8 symposia and 18 sessions the participants can inform themselves about the topic and the current state of research.
Coordinators: Klaus D. Jandt, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany; Aldo R. Boccaccini, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
About the topic: This topic addresses the growing interest of science and industry in the synthesis, characterization, testing, and application of biomaterials, as well as their closely related areas of medical devices, drug delivery and tissue engineering. The motivation is not only the recent scientific progress in biomedical materials but also the new challenges of this exciting and strongly interdisciplinary field of science and engineering.
Materials scientists, physicists, chemists and biologists in industrial R&D, as well as medical professionals are increasingly facing situations where materials are confronted with high performance requirements and a challenging biological environment at the same time.